PRINCETON, N.J. -- There was a youthful theme when the Ivy League unveiled its annual softball awards on Thursday as Yale sophomore catcher Sarah Onorato (North Reading, Mass.) was named Player of the Year and Dartmouth sophomore Kristen Rumley (Katy, Texas) was named Pitcher of the Year.
Rumley's Big Green teammate, freshman shortstop/outfielder Katie McEachern (San Diego), was also honored as the League's Rookie of the Year.
Onorato has likely run away with the Ivy League batting crown, hitting 49 points better than the next closest player and finishing her season at .430. In League play, Onorato's average climbed to .448, going 30-for-67 with nine doubles, one triple and six home runs -- meaning more than half of her hits in League play went for extra bases, helping her to an .881 slugging percentage in Ivy action.
Onorato, Yale's first Player of the Year in softball since Seema Hingorani in 1991, leads the League in hits (64), runs scored (37), doubles (19), home runs (14), total bases (127), slugging percentage (.852) and on-base percentage (.497). She had 16 multiple-hit games, including nine games with three hits. She had a 20-game hitting streak at one point, the fourth-longest in Ivy League history, and a streak of 26 consecutive games safely reaching base.
Onorato's .430 batting average is the highest by a Bulldog since Jennifer Fong hit .430 to lead the Ancient Eight in 1993. Her .852 slugging percentage is also third-highest in League history, while the 127 total bases is second-most all-time. The 14 home runs is also tied for fifth-most in a season in school history and a Yale single-season record. Her 19 doubles and 64 hits are also new Yale single-season marks.
Rumley leads the League's pitchers in virtually every category. She is Dartmouth's first Pitcher of the Year since Christine Quattrocchi won the award in 2000. The League's only 20-game winner so far this year, Rumley recorded a 22-9 mark in her League-high 37 appearances (tied for third-most in League history). Her 22 wins are tied for fifth-most in a season in League history. She had a 1.74 ERA in 197-1/3 innings of work, both League bests. And when you factor in the amount of innings she threw, it becomes even more impressive that she allowed just 29 walks on the season while striking out a League-high 185. Rumley already holds Dartmouth's career strikeouts record with 336 in her first two seasons.
During Ivy play, Rumley went 12-3 with a 1.65 ERA, hurling four shutouts. In 93-1/3 innings of work inside the League, she walked just nine batters while striking out 80 and held the opposition to a .180 batting average. Rumley helped her own cause at the plate, as well as serving as the team's designated player on a part-time basis. She is fifth in the batting crown currently with a .362 average, scoring 27 runs and driving in 17. In League play, Rumley hit .418.
McEachern hit .331 on the season with team-bests of 10 home runs (a single-season school record) and 38 RBIs. She is fourth in the League in homers and second in RBIs. She drew 17 walks and struck out just nine times in 163 plate appearances. She also became the first player in Ivy history to hit for the cycle when she did it against Iowa State on March 22.
Rumley and Onorato were among six unanimous selections to the All-Ivy first team. Penn sophomore pitcher Alexis Borden (Yorba Linda, Calif.), Harvard junior third baseman Kasey Lange (Ladera Ranch, Calif.), Harvard junior outfielder Shelbi Olson (Lenexa, Kan.) and Penn senior outfielder Brooke Coloma (Martinez, Calif.) were also unanimous first-team selections.
Borden, a first-team All-Ivy selection for the second straight year, hurled the Quakers to their first Ivy title in 32 years and will lead her squad into their first NCAA Division I Softball Championship appearance and first national television appearance on Friday when they face Texas A&M in a game to be aired by ESPN2. Borden enters the NCAA Tournament 17-10 on the year with a 2.38 ERA. In her 28 starts thus far, she has recorded 21 complete games and struck out 171 in 179-2/3 innings of work.
In the Ivy League Championship Series, in which Penn beat Dartmouth in three games, Borden was 2-1 with a 2.17 ERA, striking out 22 and walking just four.
Coloma, who earned her second-straight first-team selection, has been Penn's top offensive threat this season, hitting .343 with 32 runs scored (third-best in the League) and 35 RBIs (fourth-best in the League).
Olson is third in the League in hitting at .371. She had 16 multiple-hit games on the season and finished the year on a 16-game hitting streak. For the season, Olson hit .476 with runners in scoring position (20-for-42).
Lange, who earned her third straight first-team All-Ivy selection, finished the year with a 32-game streak of reaching base. She leads the League in RBIs with 43 and is second behind Onorato in home runs with 13.
Due to ties in the voting, there were two shortstops and four outfielders named to the first team. Also earning first-team honors were Penn junior first baseman Georgia Guttadauro (Carlisle, Mass.), Dartmouth senior second baseman Hillary Hubert (Grant Park, Ill.), Harvard sophomore shortstop Emily Gusse (San Diego), Penn senior shortstop Stephanie Caso (Brooklyn, N.Y.), Columbia junior outfielder Emily Caruthers (Rancho Murieta, Calif.), Penn senior outfielder Jessica Melendez (Miami), McEachern from Dartmouth as the team's utility player (shortstop and outfielder) and Cornell senior designated player Erin Belles (Dallas, Pa.).
Between the first team, second team and honorable-mention selections, Penn leads the way with nine All-Ivy selections, including five on the first team. Dartmouth and Harvard each had three first-team selections and five overall.
PLAYER OF THE YEAR
Sarah Onorato, Yale (So., C - North Reading, Mass.)
PITCHER OF THE YEAR
Kristen Rumley, Dartmouth (So., P - Katy, Texas)
ROOKIE OF THE YEAR
Katie McEachern, Dartmouth (Fr., SS/OF - San Diego)
FIRST TEAM ALL-IVY^
*Kristen Rumley, Dartmouth (So., P - Katy, Texas)
*Alexis Borden, Penn (So., P - Yorba Linda, Calif.)
*Sarah Onorato, Yale (So., C - North Reading, Mass.)
Georgia Guttadauro, Penn (Jr., 1B - Carlisle, Mass.)
Hillary Hubert, Dartmouth (Sr., 2B - Grant Park, Ill.)
*Kasey Lange, Harvard (Jr., 3B - Ladera Ranch, Calif.)
Emily Gusse, Harvard (So., SS - San Diego)
Stephanie Caso, Penn (Sr., SS - Brooklyn, N.Y.)
Emily Caruthers, Columbia (Jr., OF - Rancho Murieta, Calif.)
*Shelbi Olson, Harvard (Jr., OF - Lenexa, Kan.)
*Brooke Coloma, Penn (Sr., OF - Martinez, Calif.)
Jessica Melendez, Penn (Sr., OF - Miami)
Katie McEachern, Dartmouth (Fr., Utility - San Diego)
Erin Belles, Cornell (Sr., DP - Dallas, Pa.)
SECOND TEAM ALL-IVY^
Emily Kenyon, Columbia (Fr., P - Monmouth, Ore.)
Morgan Groom, Harvard (Fr., P - Lowell, Mich.)
Alex Peyton, Princeton (Sr., P - Fullerton, Calif.)
Maddie Cousens, Princeton (Jr., C - Albany, Calif.)
Christina Villalon, Cornell (Sr., 1B - Robstown, Texas)
Samantha Erosa, Penn (Sr., 2B - Bronx, N.Y.)
Alix Cook, Columbia (So., 3B - El Segundo, Calif.)
Alyssa Schmidt, Princeton (So., SS - Rocklin, Calif.)
Alyssa Swearingen, Columbia (Fr., OF - Palm Beach Gardens, Fla.)
Megan Averitt, Dartmouth (So., OF - Alameda, Calif.)
Sydney Turchin, Penn (Sr., OF - Princeton Junction, N.J.)
Nikki Chu, Princeton (Sr., Utility - Carlsbad, Calif.)
Stephanie Regan, Harvard (Sr., DP - Humble, Texas)
HONORABLE MENTION ALL-IVY
Liz Caggiano, Columbia (So., C - Bellaire, Texas)
Morgan McCalmon, Dartmouth (Fr., 1B - Norman, Okla.)
Alex Peyton, Princeton (Sr., 1B - Fullerton, Calif.)
Stephanie Thompson, Brown (Sr., 2B - Chino, Calif.)
Trista Chavez, Brown (So., 3B - San Pedro, Calif.)
Emily Weinberg, Cornell (Fr., 3B - West Windsor, N.J.)
Janet Leung, Brown (Fr., SS - Mississauga, Ontario, Canada)
Tori Balta, Yale (Jr., OF - Valencia, Calif.)
Lauren Li, Penn (Fr., Utility - Los Angeles)
Emily Snodgrass, Columbia (Jr., DP - Canby, Ore.)
Elysse Gorney, Penn (Jr., DP - Orlando, Fla.)
* Unanimous Selection
^ Due to ties in voting, there are two shortstops and four outfielders on the first team and three pitchers on the second team